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Andre Gagne

Music Writer and Web Editor

Andre R. Gagne is an indigenous species generally found in Ottawa, ON, though he has been spotted by some in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Vegas, Vancouver, Ireland, London and various stops in between. Camouflaged within the local music scene, he is sometimes pounding pinball to punk, wedged between vinyl new releases, boppin' to the beats, contorting himself around bar speakers or crunched against the steel at a local festival. He is always firmly attached to his camera, except that one time he dropped it in a fountain at the Louvre. Oops! More on this strange creature at: argagne.wix.com/argagnephotography.
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40 Years and We STILL Love Our Winterlude!

40 Years and We STILL Love Our Winterlude!

Lordy, Lordy, look who’s 40! We’re not busting out the ruby red for you, Winterlude, because, as always, you’re all about the winter white. Ottawa’s festival dedicated to all things snow, ice and sub-zero (you know, in case you didn’t step outside today) opted out of [...]

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The Dr. Is In As Violin Virtuoso Gets Set to Descend Upon The Alpha Art Gallery

The Dr. Is In As Violin Virtuoso Gets Set to Descend Upon The Alpha Art Gallery

Drenched in sweat, the crowd noise still ringing in his ear from where he’s just left them dazzled and riotous, the man they call Dr. Draw finally takes a breath and lowers his instrument. He has a moment to remember the words Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora once told him. They mix in with the audience [...]

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Champagne, Guitars and Life on the Road

Champagne, Guitars and Life on the Road

Photos courtesy of Daniel Champagne Prodigy, virtuoso and the “finest guitar player of his generation” are just a couple of accolades that have been latched alongside the musical caravan that is Australian-born musician Daniel Champagne. When asked about what he thinks about all that, [...]

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Security a Concern for Bluesfest Attendees

Security a Concern for Bluesfest Attendees

Photos by Andre Gagne / Feature photo: Gatecrashers stopped by Ottawa Police at RBC Bluesfest, 2017 You would think that, given the country of origin, larger beer selection might top the list of wants for the thousands of music-loving Canucks that descend upon RBC Bluesfest each July. However, when [...]

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Shakespeare in Gettysburg? Theatre Kraken Places Othello in the Civil War

Shakespeare in Gettysburg? Theatre Kraken Places Othello in the Civil War

Don Fex loves a challenge. I mean, last year he helped transform The Gladstone into a Little Shop of Horrors complete with writhing plants stems seemingly attacking patrons where they sat. In the theatre, however, nothing may be more daunting then trying to put a fresh slant on the Bard. Still, you [...]

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NCC and RendezVous Reach Agreement in LeBreton Flats Redevelopment

NCC and RendezVous Reach Agreement in LeBreton Flats Redevelopment

After much waiting and speculation, plans to move forward on the redevelopment of Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats were made today in what some are calling a milestone announcement for Canada’s Capital. Both The National Capital Commission (NCC) and RendezVous LeBreton Group stated they have reached [...]

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Faces Awards Showcase What Makes Ottawa Golden

Faces Awards Showcase What Makes Ottawa Golden

Ah, the beginning of a year. For us in The Great White North it’s filled with a lot of, well, white North. If you’re a fan of award season, however, the first few months of the year gives you a welcome winter escape into a lot of gold. Dive on in Scrooge McDuck style! The Oscars, the Golden [...]

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Warrior Heart - Q&A with Cody Coyote

Warrior Heart - Q&A with Cody Coyote

Feature image by James Park Photography “Mamawi” is an Ojibwe word that means “all together”. It’s also the name of the new album by Indigenous artist Cody Coyote, a release he hopes inspires love, understanding and some reconciliation for Canada’s Indigenous [...]

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The FEMpire Strikes Back!

The FEMpire Strikes Back!

Women's March 2018 Gallery / Photos by Andre Gagne

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The Great White North Blues

The Great White North Blues

Photos by Randy MacNeil / Feature photo: Colin Linden The Mississippi Delta, smoky clubs in Chicago, wailing out windows in Memphis and heating up the snowy streets of Toronto, one of these things is not like the other when it comes to what people generally associate with The Blues. Ottawa photographer [...]

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